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Fine Arts students may soon see their design on orbit

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, October 29, 1999

Saint-Hubert, October 29, 1999 – Fine Arts students are given the opportunity to blast off their career! Today, the Canadian Space Agency, in support of higher education, launched the "Mission Hadfield" Canadian Patch Design Contest for post-secondary students.

"At the Canadian Space Agency, we encourage students to achieve greater scientific literacy and pursue careers in science and technology. We also support higher learning in complementary areas as an important step in the development of a well-rounded, highly educated community prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century, " commented Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency.

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield will wear the winning submission aboard space shuttle Endeavour during Mission STS-100 to the International Space Station in the Summer of 2000. "Mission Hadfield" will be an historic event for Canada with the delivery of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS or new generation Canadarm) to the International Space Station, its installation and the first Canadian spacewalk.

"I firmly believe in education and the opportunities it affords young Canadians", commented Hadfield. "What better way to celebrate Canadian innovation, expertise and creativity than to offer Canadian youths the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills and actively participate in a space mission", he concluded.

The grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the original artwork as well as a letter of congratulations signed by Chris Hadfield, a personal invitation to the "Mission Hadfield" launch and a cash prize of $500 (CDN).

For contest rules, or to request an entry form, please contact the Canadian Space Agency at (450) 926-4349 or any one of its five Canadian Space Resource Centres at 1-800-511-3500. Entry forms may also be acquired on the Canadian Space Agency website (see Information Kit).

The contest closes on February 1, 2000 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The Canadian Space Agency is Canada’s authority on space and is committed to the peaceful development and application of space knowledge and technology to the benefit of Canadians and humanity. It manages and co-ordinates Canada’s activities in the area of space exploration and employs the Canadian Astronaut Corps.

Information Kit

For more information, please contact:

Stéphane Corbin
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4350
stephane.corbin@space.gc.ca

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